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F1 world plays tribute to Jules Bianchi at Hungarian Grand Prix

Formula 1 drivers observe a minute of silence in memoriam of late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi before the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest, Hungary July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Formula 1 drivers observe a minute of silence in memoriam of late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi before the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest, Hungary July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Security staff hold flags as they stand on the track to pay tribute to late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi who died nine months after his crash in the Japan Grand Prix, before the start of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest on July 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEKATTILA KISBENEDEK/AFP/Getty Images
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 26: Track marshalls observe a minute's slience in tribute to Jules Bianchi before the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 26, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Security staff stand on the track with a banner reading "JB 17", in tribute to late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi who died nine months after his crash in the Japan Grand Prix, before the start of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest on July 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / FERENC ISZAFERENC ISZA/AFP/Getty Images
Manor Marussia F1 team driver Great Britain's Will Stevens has "#JB17" written on his car in tribute to late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi who died nine months after his crash in the Japan Grand Prix, as he competes during the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest on July 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
Security staff stand on the track with a banner reading "JB 17", in tribute to late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi who died nine months after his crash in the Japan Grand Prix, before the start of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest on July 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
Security staff hold a banner reading "JB 17", in tribute to late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi who died nine months after his crash in the Japan Grand Prix, before the start of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit near Budapest on July 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO / ANDREJ ISAKOVICANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images
Philippe Bianchi (C), the father of Jules Bianchi, and Formula 1 drivers observe a minute's silence in memoriam of late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi before the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest, Hungary July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Philippe Bianchi (C), the father of late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi, is hugged by Formula 1 drivers before the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest, Hungary July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Philippe Bianchi (C), the father of late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi, is hugged by Formula 1 drivers before the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest, Hungary July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh
Philippe Bianchi (C), the father of late French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi, is hugged by Formula 1 drivers before the Hungarian F1 Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit, near Budapest, Hungary July 26, 2015. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

Philip Duncan

The Formula One world united in tribute to Jules Bianchi with a one-minute silence ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.

The drivers, joined by members of the Bianchi family, linked arms at the front of the grid to pay their respects to the Frenchman who died nine months after his devastating crash at the Japanese Grand Prix.

The F1 grid, mourning the first death of their generation, laid down their crash helmets in the centre of an emotional huddle as the Hungarian national anthem played out.

Bianchi, whose death was announced last Friday, never regained consciousness from his harrowing collision with a recovery vehicle in the rain-lashed race at Suzuka on October 5.

The 25-year-old was laid to rest in his home city of Nice in France on Tuesday. His parents, Philippe and Christine and brother Tom arrived in the paddock shortly before midday local time. Philippe and Tom were both wearing white polo shirts with "JB #17" on the front and back.

The FIA announced on Monday that the number 17, Bianchi's race number, will be retired from the sport in his tribute.

Bianchi's death, the first in Formula One since Ayrton Senna was killed at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, has cast a long shadow over the sport.

The paddock has paid its respects to Bianchi, a member of the Ferrari academy and a highly-rated driver who was expected to race for the famous Italian team later in his career.

All of the drivers, most of whom attended his funeral on Tuesday, have sported stickers reading ''Ciao Jules'' or "JB 17" on their crash helmets. Lewis Hamilton has "#FlyHighJules" on his lid.

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